At Cornerstone Realty, we often hear people wondering how to find a real estate broker. That is why we are here to give you some tips to help you find the perfect real estate broker for you.
The first thing you will want to do is to try and meet real estate brokers who are out in their working environment. You will not often find a good agent at their desk. A great place to find a real estate broker is at open houses (even if you are not interested in that particular property). Most real estate brokers understand that an open house does not often produce a sale but, rather, they use it as a way to connect with other potential buyers.
If this is proving difficult for you, the next best way to find a real estate broker is to ask around – in particular ask people you know and trust such as friends and family if they have any connections to a real estate broker. Most of the time if the real estate broker worked well for your friend or family member, you will be pleased with their services too. Also, real estate brokers rely on word of mouth – so they will be even more accommodating to you and your needs if they know that they have a reputation to uphold.
The Internet is another great way to find a real estate broker. However, you should always be wary of a broker who seems too good to be true – always cross-reference with review sites such as Google+ and Yelp. Also, if a real estate broker has a significant online presence it is normally a good sign that they are keeping up with the times and that they can handle the technological world of today.
Once you have narrowed your possible brokers down to a handful, do not be shy to interview each and every one. Remember that this is going to be one of the most important and expensive decisions in your life – so you will want to make sure that the person who is helping and representing you is up to your standards.
During an interview you should ask questions which will help you spot a few important characteristics of a good real estate broker (such as how many sales they have closed, how long they have been working in the industry, their knowledge of the industry and the local market, if they work full-time as a real estate broker, and even ask them about the other brokers you are considering). You should look out for an experienced, knowledgable, dedicated, and up-front real estate broker. You should also always crosscheck the references they provide you.
Lastly, go with your gut and whom you think gets along best and understands you and what you are looking for. If you use these tips wisely you will easily be able to find a great real estate broker for you. If you have any other questions, please give us a call and we will be more than happy to help you find your happy place!